Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the US National Institutes of Health, has discussed the intersection of faith and science.
“For me, somebody who is a ‘show me the data’ kind of scientist, but also a believer [in God], I don’t see a discordance there,” Collins said. “In fact it enriches my experience, each basically harmonized with the other. It gives you a view of life that is actually quite satisfying, and not in any way in conflict.”
When comparing science and faith, Collins said each can be applied to answer different questions, and if you mix the two together you get conflict.
“It is certainly true in the United States that there is an uneasiness about certain aspects of science, particularly evolution, because it conflicts, in some people’s minds, with their sense of how we all came to be,” Collins said. “But you know, if you are a believer in God, it’s hard to imagine that God would somehow put this incontrovertible evidence in front of us about our relationship to other living organisms and expect us to disbelieve it. I mean, that doesn’t make sense at all. So as soon as you kind of get over the anxiety about the whole thing, it actually adds to your sense of awe about this amazing universe that we live in, it doesn’t subtract from it at all.”